Peach Trees
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My Peach Tree Only Grows Peaches Golf Ball Size

Zone 11 | jpdl added on May 7, 2012 | Answered

Whay does my peach tree grow small fruit? The peaches are golf ball size.

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Nikki
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Answered on May 11, 2012

This sounds like a chilling issue. If a peach tree gets just a little bit too little chilling in the winter, it will button the fruit, which means that it tries to grow them, but they will be deformed and fail to mature. I would check that the variety is appropriate for your area in terms of chilling. Here is more information on chilling: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-chill-hours.htm

Too much fruit production can also lead to stunted peaches. Thinning can alleviate this: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-tree-thinning.htm

Another possibility is that there is a problem with pollination. If this is the case though, the tree will drop the fruit in late spring or early summer. If you suspect a pollination problem, these articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/creating-a-pollinator-garden.htm

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